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AHA launches 340B hospital transparency effort

AHA launches 340B hospital transparency effort

September 18, 2018

The American Hospital Association's new initiative is meant to better inform both policymakers and the public about the 340B program and how hospitals use the savings they generate from it.

Survey: Hawaii loses 51 doctors as shortage continues

Survey: Hawaii loses 51 doctors as shortage continues

By Associated Press  |  September 18, 2018

After two years of gaining physicians, Hawaii lost 51 full-time doctors in 2017. The state has about 2,900 full-time doctors, approximately 800 short of the number needed across all specialties.

University of Michigan nurses approve 3-day strike

University of Michigan nurses approve 3-day strike

By Kurt Nagl  |  September 18, 2018

Nurses at the University of Michigan voted in favor of a three-day work stoppage to protest "ongoing and continuous violations of their workplace rights" after their contracts expired June 30.

Congress questions its role in healthcare price transparency

Congress questions its role in healthcare price transparency

September 18, 2018

The Senate's health committee is questioning the government's role in helping patients understand what they should pay for their healthcare—and whether Congress can change the incentives in a complex system that doesn't encourage shopping.

Ascension's surplus shrinks as system standardizes revenue cycle

Ascension's surplus shrinks as system standardizes revenue cycle

September 18, 2018

Ascension Health took on heavy expenses in fiscal 2018 as it works to standardize its revenue cycle systemwide. The Catholic, not-for-profit health system has a 10-year contract to use Chicago-based R1 RCM as its sole revenue-cycle provider.

Senator proposes federal curbs on balance billing

Senator proposes federal curbs on balance billing

September 17, 2018

A Senate proposal would take aim at hospital balance billing—a practice that has caused sticker-shock reverberations across the country and sparked increasing public outcry.

Senate clears opioids, 'gag clause' legislation

Senate clears opioids, 'gag clause' legislation

September 17, 2018

The Senate passed its opioids legislation, laying the groundwork for a final bicameral deal. The upper chamber also cleared a stand-alone healthcare bill to target insurer gag clauses on pharmacists.

Summa Health begins bridging its financial gap

Summa Health begins bridging its financial gap

By Lydia Coutré  |  September 17, 2018

Following a multimillion-dollar operating loss in 2017, Summa Health in the first half of this year managed to achieve a $43 million turnaround of its finances and is back in the black.

2 million U.S. teens are vaping marijuana

2 million U.S. teens are vaping marijuana

By Associated Press  |  September 17, 2018

A school-based survey shows nearly 1 in 11 U.S. students have used marijuana in electronic cigarettes, heightening health concerns about the new popularity of vaping among teens.

CMS plans to stop hospitals from rejecting outpatients

CMS plans to stop hospitals from rejecting outpatients

September 17, 2018

The CMS wants to buck a trend of hospitals denying patient transfers from ambulatory surgery centers. The proposal is part of a broader effort to reduce providers' administrative burdens and improve access to care.

VA gears up to take on Choice claims processing

VA gears up to take on Choice claims processing

September 17, 2018

Health Net, one of two payers in the VA Choice system, is losing its claims-processing contract starting Oct. 1. The VA will step into the gap as it looks to take on a greater role in paying community providers for taking care of veterans.

News from other sources

By Modern Healthcare  |  September 17, 2018

New Medicare Advantage tool will limit patients' drug choices, marijuana use is growing as heroin use falls and California's Medicaid program still relies on paper for federal reporting.


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